CBD Oils are slowly becoming the new “it” thing amongst fitness lovers, but CBD was a thing long before those with an active lifestyle has gotten their hands on it. It is very popular amongst those with anxiety and depression and especially under those with medical conditions.
But what is CBD exactly?
CBD is more commonly known as Cannabidiol and these types of chemical compounds are found in the two types of cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana. The cannabidiol interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system that is in many parts of the human body. But the most important thing about CBD oils, they are non-psychoactive, which means you will not get high when using these oils.
Another common compound found in cannabis plants is THC. The difference between CBD and THC is, THC is found in the leaves and flowers of marijuana where CBD is found in the stem or seeds in the cannabis more known as the hemp. In other words, THC is more classified as illegal since the compound found in THC is what makes you “high”, but cannabis plants containing zero % THC does not have any psychoactive effects. The difference between this is big especially if you are interested in buying CBD oils. The hemp has almost zero THC making it safe to use and legal to buy and carry around without the fear of getting high while using the product or to get arrested if found in possession of the product.
What does CBD do to my body?
Studies are still being done to determine exactly how the body’s endocannabinoid system reacts to CBD. In the mid-1990s researches realized just how important CBD was for the body and our health. Endocannabinoids receptors run throughout the entire body and are divided into two categories known as CBD1 and CBD2.
CBD1 receptors can be found in the brain, central nervous system, blood vessels, lungs, muscles, reproductive organs as well as your digestive tract.
CBD2 receptors can be found in your pancreas, brainstem, bone marrow, periphery organs and your liver. You can say that endocannabinoids are the bridge that connects the body and mind. So, when your body has a cannabinoid deficiency, that is where CBD comes in to help.
How does CBD help me?
Research has shown that CBD has had a positive effect on medical conditions like inflammation, seizures, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers, PTSD, addictions, and many, many more.
Here is a list of common uses for CBD Oils:
- Seizure Disorder (Epilepsy)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Inflammation and pain
- Muscle Pain
- Parkinson Disease
- Crohn Disease
- Digestive Issues
- Addiction and Withdrawals
- Skin Allergies
How do I use CBD Oils?
Luckily CBD Oils come in various forms like oils, balms, capsules, e-liquids, lotions, and many more. Just remember there are also various types of CBD in the products. You get products that are all-natural CBD extracted from the hemp with traces of THC in the products (the amount is so low that you won’t get high of the product). Broad Spectrum CBD, this means there are no traces of THC, this is for people who don’t want to come in contact with THC, like athletes or very active people who are at risk for testing positive if they need to do any types of tests. The last one is CBD Isolate or better known as pure CBD, where all the other compounds are removed carefully after extraction from the hemp plant. Most who buy this type of CBD wants to be extra careful to make sure they don’t get any contact with THC. These oils can be used in different ways. Some spray them directly in their mouth, some throw it over their food and digest it with the food, and so many other ways. The product usually describes how to use the product.
Some of the oils are flavoured to make the taste of the oil enjoyable. Balms are made for those specific joint or muscle pains. Easy to use, just like any other type of balm, you place the balm on the specific spot and rub/massage gently on the area until the balm is completely absorbed. Capsules are the most usable way for it is easy and quick to just pop one in your mouth and swallow with liquid when you are in a hurry.
While there are still currently many kinds of research regarding cannabis plants at the moment, especially hemp and marijuana, there is still so much more to understand about CBD Oils, especially on how it reacts to the body’s endocannabinoid system. Yet there are many shreds of evidence that show how daily use or supplementing of CBD can be beneficial to you and why it is highly recommended. And as a bonus, it is also safe for use on your little furry friends!
Important to always speak to your physician about adding CBD to your diet. Consult a veterinarian if you want to add CBD to your pets’ diet.
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